13: Old School Podcasting With Lou Mongello

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Old School Podcasting With Lou Mongello

Lou Mongello, host of WDW Radio, joins us for an amazing discussion on the evolution of podcasting.  Lou has been podcasting for over a decade, and is an author, host, speaker and entrepreneur that has built his business out of his passion for Walt Disney World.

What has changed since Lou got started with podcasting:

  • Lou got his start with no broadcasting background.  He originally set out to write a book, and found an amazing community that was starved for content.  When he heard about podcasting, he jumped right in and got started.
  • Lou is so old school he still hand-codes his own RSS feed.  Check out FeedForAll, if you’re interested in learning hot to code your own XML.
  • As audio networking, being a podcast host or guest can give you loads of authority quickly in almost any niche.

Advice for anyone that wants to start their own show.

    • Your goal should be to help listeners connect with to the experience you’re sharing.  With his show, Lou tries to help listeners connect with the experience of Walt Disney World, because we can’t all get there as often as we like.
    • Pursue your passion.  Your listeners will be able to tell if you’re not really into what you’re talking about, and it will send them seeking better content in a hurry.

Advice for anyone that wants to start their own show.

  • Your goal should be to help listeners connect with to the experience you’re sharing.  With his show, Lou tries to help listeners connect with the experience of Walt Disney World, because we can’t all get there as often as we like.
  • Pursue your passion.  Your listeners will be able to tell if you’re not really into what you’re talking about, and it will send them seeking better content in a hurry.

How do you produce an episode of your show?

  • Lou has a weekly podcast, and also runs a weekly live broadcast, and also releases an additional piece of video each week.
  • Typically he spends about 5-6 hours on production, usually loading up to 15 tracks into Adobe Audition for editing.  He loves the creative process, and keeps this work in-house to keep a connection to what he loves.
  • Even though he can see Walt Disney World from his office, 95% of his work is done from home.

How do you capture the amazing sounds from the park?  Are there any licensing concerns?

  • Lou used to lug his laptop around the park, but now loves his Roland R-05 for capturing stereo audion on-the-go.  Either way, it isn’t uncommon for him to spend hours trying to capture clear audio samples of the park’s music and sounds.  It is one of the important ways he shares the experience with his listeners.
  • Licensing issues for podcasting are still evolving.  Generally speaking, if you’re promoting the third-party content and giving credit where credit is due, you won’t run into any issues.
  • Organizations, like Disney, are not big evil empires.  They are protective of their intellectual property, but are willing to embrace and support their community of fans.

Be sure to check out the entire episode to hear even more of Lou’s wisdom around podcasting!

Head over to WDWRadio and hear the show that started it all for Lou.

Learn more about Lou at LouMongello.com

…And be sure to follow @LouMongello on Twitter.

Chris McNeill

Chris McNeill has as many opinions as ideas, and loves making lists. He was an entrepreneur long before he could spell the word. Chris is an avid connector of people, and organizer of everything. As a reader and sci fi fanatic that can't wait for the next Fallout game. Chris resides in Austin, where pets outnumber he and his wife. Austin isn't as great as you've heard. Dallas is better, you should go there.

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